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The Jordan-US free-trade agreement was supposed to be a labor-rights model. It's been a disaster.

A man can be rich, but only a nation can be wealthy. And if anyone
suffers from poverty, our whole country bears the shame.

Newly elected advocates of fair trade in the House and Senate could
reverse the free-trade absolutism of the Clinton and Bush years.

Milton Friedman's free-market faith produced a bastardized system of
interest-group politics that favors sectors of citizens at the expense
of many others.

Although the United States itches to do away with Hugo Chávez, his socialist
policies are alleviating poverty and earning the people's trust. To
Bush's chagrin, the Venezuelan leader is here to stay.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has helped a lot of poor women, but
the basic problem in developing countries is landlessness. A $130
microloan won't solve that problem.

The Swedish Academy bestowed this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit. It's easy to believe Yunus's low-interest loans to the poor are a silver bullet against global economic injustice. But it's not that simple.

As election day approaches, don't expect a reasoned discussion of
economic policy between the two parties. A barrage of
quips and one-liners have taken the place of detail and fact in
political debate.

Every person on this year's Forbes 400 list of America's richest people is a billionaire, who collectively possess about $1.25 trillion. Imagine how many Congressmen that will buy.

As China's economy surges forward, so does the pileup of social
contradictions: pollution, migration, crime and family dysfunction.

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Nancy Teeters, who passed away last week, was the lone dissenter as Volcker’s Federal Reserve tore apart the country’s social fabric.

November 24, 2014

Progressive senators are objecting to Obama’s latest Wall Street nominee.

November 24, 2014

Warnings about the human and environmental costs went unheeded. Now the most vulnerable Central Americans are paying the price.

November 24, 2014

A study finds that of the 100 highest-paid CEOs in the US, twenty-nine of them received more compensation than their companies paid in federal income tax.

November 18, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership might give corporations the ability to sue countries for “expected future profits.”

November 11, 2014

Palestinians in East Jerusalem face not just a wall but a welfare system designed to impoverish and ultimately remove them.

November 4, 2014

Los Angeles is trying to make good jobs vital to producing good food.

November 3, 2014

The prospect of a “grand bargain” could rear its ugly head if the 2014 midterms empower Maine’s Angus King.

October 27, 2014

Both unemployment and underemployment could be alleviated through a little-known federal subsidy program.

October 20, 2014